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Transit Planning Publications, Continued Tide Tables and The  Tide Tables  are prediction tables published in four volumes by the Tidal  Current Tables National  Ocean  Service.  They  are  East Coast of North and South America, including  Greenland;  West  Coast  of  North  and  South  America,  including the  Hawaiian  Islands;  Europe  and  the  West  Coast  of  Africa,  including  the Mediterranean Sea;  and  Central and Western Pacific Ocean  and the Indian  Ocean  (annual  editions).  Each  volume  includes  information  on  the height and time of high and low water at thousands of locations; also included  is  information  on  times  of  sunrise  and  sunset,  moonrise  and moonset,  and  other  astronomical  phenomena.  The  Tide  Tables  will  be covered in detail in chapter 7. Tidal Current Tables  are prediction tables published in two volumes by NOS--Atlantic  Coast  of  North  America,  and  Pacific  Coast  of  North America  and  Asia  (annual editions); each volume includes data on the times and strengths of flood and ebb currents and the time of slack water for  thousands  of  locations;  also  included  are  diagrams  for  certain  heavily traveled  bodies  of  water  that  facilitate  determination  of  optimum  transit times  and  speeds,  and  astronomical  data  similar  to  that  in  Tide Tables. The  Tidal Current Tables will be covered in detail in chapter 7. Pilot Charts The  Pilot Charts  present available data in graphic form that will assist the mariner  in  selecting  the  safest  and  fastest  routes.  Besides  timely information  of  a  varied  nature,  Pilot  Charts  graphically depict magnetic variation,  currents,  prevailing  winds  and  calms,  percentage  of  gales,  tracks of  tropical  and  extratropical  cyclones,  wave  heights,  surface  air  and  water temperatures,  percentage  of  fog,  surface  barometric  pressure,  ice  and iceberg  limits,  the  location  of  ocean  weather-station  ships,  and recommended  routes  for  steam  and  sailing  vessels.  Additionally,  such topics  as  winds  (including  gales  and  cyclones),  pressures,  temperatures, visibility,  and  wave  heights  are  discussed  in  brief  paragraphs  at  the  sides of  each  chart.  Pilot  Charts  are  published  quarterly  with  each  sheet containing three monthly charts and an article of general information. 3-7

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